Poem: Hospital Garden At the 13th Hour & Commentary

Hospital Garden by Red Haircrow

Hospital Garden by Red Haircrow

Hospital Garden At The 13th Hour

As the sun strikes the bell tower,
until you see the ice in the central fountain,
they almost make you think its Spring,
those berries that look like white buds
in their net of brown whippet branches.

–Red Haircrow, 20 December 2011

Augustes Viktoria Klinikum, Schöneberg, Berlin, Germany, my home for a couple of weeks.

Being in the hospital is never a great joy, in most instances, but especially at holiday times one can seem even more alone. Since I was in the scheduled surgeries area, most people and doctors opt to have operations take place after the holidays are complete or some weeks before, so patients can be at home with family.

German Hospital Room by Red Haircrow

German Hospital Room by Red Haircrow

As I have no family in Berlin, that wasn’t a consideration, and my operation was deemed priority after a routine check-up earlier in a month discovered a serious condition that needed to be taken care of asap.

The hallways were quiet in a different way, as only few people ghosted the halls, so one evening when a children’s choir came to sing carols, it was so nice to lay in bed and listen. I am non-Christian and don’t celebrate Christmas, but I know the songs “O Tannenbaum” and “Stille Nacht”, among others, as I wrote about before in another post.

Traditional Christmas Treats by Red Haircrow

Traditional Christmas Treats by Red Haircrow

We were given a plate of chocolates and traditional cookies, which was a welcome additional to our light evening meal. I thought of the past Christmases or holidays I’d shared with friends, such as the time I dropped the goose and made a quite horrible mess of the kitchen before we had dinner, and then this one where I was able to spend a day with a couple of friends and their young sons.

Now I’m recuperating and recovering yet again, as I wasn’t suppose to be out, especially making so long a trip through Berlin in cool, wet weather. The pain factor is up again today, but it was so nice to have gentle chit-chat and the laughter of children around me for a change, and I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.

Note: After searching the web for the name of the white berried bushes that are commonly seen through Germany, especially notable in winter, I finally found it…and it was quite a simple term after all: Snowberry. Thank you to the website, Blooming Writer: Gardening in Nova Scotia.

“Thought of as a common shrub by many, the snowberry, or Symphoricarpus albus, is one of my favourite old-faithful shrubs, especially once festooned with its white berries.”

Other views from my hospital window:

Augustes Viktoria Klinikum Berlin by Red Haircrow

Augustes Viktoria Klinikum Berlin by Red Haircrow

Augustes Viktoria Klinikum Berlin "Grass Roof" by Red Haircrow

Augustes Viktoria Klinikum Berlin "Grass Roof" by Red Haircrow

Augustes Viktoria Klinikum Berlin II by Red Haircrow

Augustes Viktoria Klinikum Berlin II by Red Haircrow

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